Fight the Frump: Around The House
Fight the Frump is back, and today we’re going to discuss what we wear at home. It’s easy to feel like it doesn’t matter what we wear around the house, but I beg to differ.
How we dress has a direct impact on how we feel, how we treat others, and how efficient we are in our daily tasks. And while our husbands and kids may tell us they don’t care, most will actually appreciate our efforts when we level up our at-home style.
But even if they don’t, that’s not really the point. It’s about self care and feeling good about ourselves so we can be the best mom/wife/employee/friend we can be, so today I challenge you to take a good hard look at your “at-home style” and ask yourself if this is an area where you need to fight the frump.
It’s fine to give yourself a grace day here and there, but if that starts becoming a habit, it can really affect your mood and ultimately your well-being.
I went through a period of time when I fell into a rut of wearing schlumpy yoga pants and oversized sweatshirts every day. I was at home most of the time, the kids were little, and I felt like it didn’t matter. Before I knew it, I was in a full-fledged depression. I don’t remember what happened to pull me out of my funk, but I’ve never forgotten how miserable I felt and how little I cared about what I wore, and now I make it a priority to get dressed and put together *almost* every day. It makes SUCH a difference.
My go-to at-home uniform is usually distressed jeans with a cute t-shirt and sandals (summertime) or distressed jeans with a cute sweater and ballet flats (wintertime.) I don’t save my denim for going out. I’m perfectly comfortable in jeans, and I want to get my money’s worth out of my purchases so I often wear them all day even when I’m not going anywhere. My AG legging ankle jeans are usually the first thing I reach for when I go to my closet in the morning, and I often build the rest of my outfit around my comfiest pair of skinny jeans.
That said, I totally get that most women save their pricier pieces for going out and have other clothes they keep for wearing around the house. That’s completely fine, as long as what we’re wearing around the house is current and flattering and fits well — and it doesn’t have to be jeans. Thank goodness for the athleisure trend!
Joggers, yoga pants, or leggings (if your shirt is long enough to cover your business) are perfectly acceptable — as long as they fit well and you wear them with other pieces that fit well and compliment you.
That said, if you’re not cleaning or doing messy tasks, why not pull on some jeans and a cute top? It doesn’t take any longer than pulling on yoga pants and a sweatshirt, and you’ll look and feel SO much better.
Let’s talk about some cute at-home looks that are comfortable, practical, AND stylish.
Fight The Frump: Casual At-Home Style
#1. Knit Tunic + Jeans + Slip On Sneakers
This Athleta knit tunic is a great around-the-house top to throw on with jeans or even leggings. I like the black jeans with it, but blue jeans are fine too. It’s old, but this cashmere/wool hoodie from Zella is another great option, and you can definitely go cheaper with Old Navy or Gap.
Most jeans these days have some stretch in them and are pretty comfortable, but if you don’t want to wear jeans around the house, Zella is super popular for their leggings, and you may even be able to snag a pair on sale if you hurry! (The #NSale ends on August 5th.) (How cute are these street style high waist leggings?) For non-athletic leggings, I really like my $36 Hue wide waistband leggings, but I always make sure my shirt is long enough to cover ev.er.y.thing.
Add Converse or slip-on sneakers, and you’ll look on trend and put-together even if you’re just going to spend the day doing laundry and binge watching Fixer Upper. (Don’t pretend like you don’t want to…)
#2. Joggers + Tee + Drapey Thermal Cardigan + Converse
This is my go-to at-home outfit for the days that I don’t want to put on jeans. I like these cropped joggers for summer, and I have a full length pair for fall and winter. Besides a pair of black leggings, that’s all the “comfort wear” I own. You don’t need a drawer full of schlumpy clothes — just one or two pairs of stretchy pants will do.
This thermal cardigan is awesome because I can throw in on over my pajamas in the mornings, I can wear it with joggers on lazy days, and I wear it with jeans or shorts for a more dressed-up casual look. It’s super versatile in that way, plus I wear it all year round.
#3. Sweatshirt/Tank + Jeans + Fashion Sneakers
I realize these looks are all fairly similar, but this is the gist of non-frumpy stay-at-home style — stylish sweatshirt, jeans or leggings, fashion sneakers. The one I’m wearing below is a Zella piece no longer available, but I found a similar one at Old Navy. Notice how a cropped sweatshirt with the tank showing underneath adds interest and is flattering, while still being super comfortable, and the moto style obviously elevates the look over a basic zip-up hoodie.
These jeans (or these, which are on sale, hola!) are the ones I always go for first. I practically have to force myself not to wear them every day. They’re still spendy, but I always buy on sale, and the cost per wear has more than averaged out over the time I’ve had them.
#4. Tunic + Camo Leggings + Nikes
I also really like Cyndi’s take on the athleisure trend with these camo printed leggings and a black tunic. So simple and comfy, but chic and put together and appropriate for casual errands. Get her outfit details HERE.
#5. Plank Pants + Elevated Sweatshirt + Nikes
This is a super duper casual look, but it’s perfect for those days when you just can’t bear to wear pants that button. These straight-leg plank pants have the comfort of leggings but look a little more like pants, and the contoured seams down the sides create a flattering silhouette.
This top is sold out, but any elevated sweatshirt or pullover will work with pants like this. I like the Zella and Alo brands a lot, or you can check Gap and Old Navy for lower prices (and they have frequent sales.)
I hope this gives you some ideas for fighting the frump and leveling up your at-home look. While I like the option to wear leggings or joggers on occasion, I try not to let it become a habit. Wearing pants that button don’t only make me feel more “dressed” and efficient in my daily duties, but it also helps keep me in check as far a what I’m eating. I feel full faster and am generally more aware of how much I’ve eaten when my waistband isn’t infinitely expandable. An athleisure look here and there is fine and keeps things interesting, but I really don’t think it should be our go-to daily uniform (unless, of course, you are a full-time personal trainer or yoga instructor!)
Tops are a bit of a different story. A cute sweatshirt with jeans and fashion sneakers is perfectly acceptable, and I’m actually thinking I need to add a few more to my wardrobe. Sometimes I go to get dressed, and I feel like I have nothing to wear, and I realized recently that’s because I have too many dressy clothes for my lifestyle and not enough washable casual tops. I think I’m going to add a couple of elevated sweatshirts to my closet this fall and winter to wear when I’m at home all day.
It’s a good idea to periodically take a lifestyle audit and make sure you’re buying clothes that fit your life and not filling your closet with pretty things you have nowhere to wear. But that’s a post for another day!
Here are some comfy, casual tops that you can pair with leggings/jogger/jeans to level up your at-home style:
I also want to make a case for accessories and makeup. Just because you’re wearing sweatpants doesn’t mean you can’t throw on a pair of earrings and some light makeup. It’s amazing what a difference that makes in your overall appearance, and how you feel about yourself. Even if I don’t bother with makeup, I usually throw on some earrings and maybe a bracelet.
The ONE day during our move that I left the house without jewelry on (which was not intentional; I somehow just forgot) is the day I ended up meeting new neighbors.
I get it, they don’t care. But I do. It was a good reminder to me to always take a second to at least put some studs in my ears and maybe slap on a bracelet. It goes a long way to finishing off a casual look and making you feel put together, even if you’re just cleaning the house.
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